What do you do when you get someone else's mail?

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  1. Master Moron

    Master Moron New Member

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    Okay, this seems like an obvious question, the answer should be, you give it to them. But, well, I kind of opened it up already without realizing that it wasn't mine. Anyway, I've tried knocking on their door several times but they never seem to be home. So, I just left it inside their screen door. I wonder if this is a bad thing to do. Is it okay to leave it in their screen door or should I go and get it and wait till I see them in person to give it to them?
     
  2. MDawg

    MDawg Nerfariously planning

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    If it's unopened, put it in your mailbox with the flag up so the mailman can fix it, otherwise putting it in their door should be fine, maybe with a little note apologizing for opening it.
     
  3. Mary_mari

    Mary_mari SQUEE!

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    Hey, good on ya. Your solution sounds very nice. In fact, it's something I've done before, except I left a note with it explaining why it was opened (it was their cellular phone bill, fortunately $_$ ).
     
  4. Peter Paltridge

    Peter Paltridge Steven Sword!

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    Related subject, but keep in mind: sometime in the future you may get a piece of mail for a total stranger that has your address on it by accident.

    When THIS happens, just write "RETURN TO SENDER" on it in red ink, plus maybe "This person does not live here." Then put the letter back in the mailbox.
     
  5. Zach

    Zach New Member

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    I just stick it in their mailbox.
     
  6. LucheLibre

    LucheLibre ...Testicular Fortitude...

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    This is incorrect. The piece likely forwards to that stranger. The carrier will know if it does or does not. If you get a piece of mail with the right address but the wrong name, treat it the same way you would if the address is wrong: just put it back in the mail box and put the flag up. Though if you feel the need, you can include a note saying that the person doesn't live there.

    As a related point, if you write "Return to Sender" on a correctly delivered piece of mail, it will be treated as "Refused" and returned to sender. Obvious enough. But writing on an incorrectly delivered piece of mail is usually unnecessary and often ignored. The upright flag on the mailbox alone will tell the carrier that the piece needs to be reexamined. Many times, returning it to sender is not the appropriate action.
     
  7. solarflere

    solarflere New Member

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    Correct, I had a package delivered to me via USPS, I did not order it but my creditcard was charged. So I just went to the post office and told them to "Return to Sender" and thats it. But, there is a catch, the letter or a package must Not be opened if you are returning it to sender with no cost to you. If you open it, you have to pay for the shipping.
     
  8. Kury Wagner

    Kury Wagner Jizzyboobgirlkury

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    I apologize for rambling about off-topicness.

    If they live near, I just return it to them, otherwise I give it back to the mailman.

    Our mailcarriers used to steal our mail though. Both the ones that come to the house and the ones at the post office for the box. And my brother-in-law's father is always stealing the junk free stuff from people.
     
  9. solarflere

    solarflere New Member

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    Mail tampering is a federal crime that has serious consequenses.:sad:
     
  10. LucheLibre

    LucheLibre ...Testicular Fortitude...

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    How did you find out that they were stealing your mail?
     

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